Green Lantern Wondercon Preview Analysis

An abridged 4 minute preview from WonderCon has been released. If you haven’t seen it, you can download it in high definition from http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/greenlantern/

Sinestro's intro is pure bad-ass

Sinestro's intro is pure bad-ass

Sinestro's intimidating Forrest Gump haircut

Sinestro's intimidating Forrest Gump haircut

Sinestro gets a hero shot

Sinestro gets a hero shot

Sinestro is destined to become Hal Jordan’s arch-enemy, but until then, he’s the leader of the Green Lantern Corps and will mentor Hal Jordan. Classic characteristics of villainry, as established by White Hollywood, is to look like an Asian pirate. Sinestro’s got the evil eyebrows, effeminate moustache, pointed ears, and bad hair cut. He’s just another Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon, but more subtle. The biggest clue he’s a bad guy is his name, which isn’t Strawberry Shortcake.

The Green Lantern Corps: They are many

The Green Lantern Corps: They are many

Green Lanterns Kilowog (left) and Tomar-Re

Green Lanterns Kilowog (left) and Tomar-Re

Green Lantern Abin Sur

Green Lantern Abin Sur

Green Lantern Abin Sur blasts his ring at Parallax

Green Lantern Abin Sur blasts his ring at Parallax

Green Lantern Abin Sur is mortally wounded by Parallax

Green Lantern Abin Sur is mortally wounded by Parallax

Green Lantern Corps have to face a new threat to the universe called Parallax

Green Lantern Corps have to face a new threat to the universe called Parallax

Parallax looked a lot like a prehistoric fish in early press releases. Now it looks like tar or oil, or 10-year-old gum that’s been scraped off the sidewalk. I suppose it’s a threat because it destroys everything, but mainly because it looks like a skull and bones.

Green Lantern Abin Sur passes on his power ring to human Hal Jordan

Green Lantern Abin Sur passes on his power ring to human Hal Jordan

Hal Jordan tries to activate the power ring with its Green Lantern

Hal Jordan tries to activate the power ring with its Green Lantern

Upon activating the power ring, Hal Jordan is transformed into a Green Lantern

Upon activating the power ring, Hal Jordan is transformed into a Green Lantern

Hal Jordan is taken to Oa, planet of the Green Lantern Corps.

Hal Jordan is taken to Oa, planet of the Green Lantern Corps.

Hal Jordan is played by Ryan Reynolds with total aloofness.

Hal Jordan is played by Ryan Reynolds with total aloofness.

I know it’s not just me, but Ryan Reynolds isn’t doing the stoic hero thing right. It’s as if he’s pulling a Ben Affleck with Daredevil, thinking he’s better than the material. Why those suits never followed through with Deadpool instead of this, I don’t know. I guess suits only care about green stuff.

Other Green Lanterns

Other Green Lanterns

More Green Lanterns

More Green Lanterns

Forrest Gump motorvates his legions of followers to the theme of "Running on Empty"

Forrest Gump motorvates his legions of followers to the theme of "Running on Empty"

Aqua Teen Hunger Force makes a cameo

Aqua Teen Hunger Force makes a cameo

Spot the Bionicle?

Spot the Bionicle?

The Green Lantern Corps come big or go home.

The Green Lantern Corps come big or go home.

Hector Hammond and alien POV porn looks delicious

Hector Hammond and alien POV porn looks delicious

Hector Hammond, villain by day, alien proctologist by night

Hector Hammond, villain by day, alien proctologist by night

Hector Hammond gets the opposite power cosmic from a non Galactus

Hector Hammond gets the opposite power cosmic from a non Galactus

Hector Hammond gets telekinetic powers after getting infected by a shard of Parallax embedded in Abin Sur’s corpse. After he loses his powers by the end of the movie, he’ll retire to a rickety abandoned house living with his cousin Leatherface.

Hopefully, Hal Jordan won't get a metal canister to the head like Luke Skywalker did in Empire

Hopefully, Hal Jordan won't get a metal canister to the head like Luke Skywalker did in Empire

Parallax crashes the party

Parallax crashes the party

Hal Jordan is prepared if he ever encounters the Predator

Hal Jordan is prepared if he ever encounters the Predator

The tone for this 4 minute preview was good up until Hal Jordan whipped up a green mini gun. I howled in my mind and was reminded of Jim Carrey as the Mask. Hopefully, the actual context will be appropriate. I’d hate for that scene to be in the epic fight at the end and Parallax pulling a Porky Pig retreating into a black hole.

Major spoiler alert: Hector Hammond gets defeated by the end of the film

Major spoiler alert: Hector Hammond gets defeated by the end of the film

So, that’s how Hector Hammond loses his powers or dies? Man, I was hoping the bad guy won in these kinds of films.

Carol Ferris has a purdy mouf

Carol Ferris has a purdy mouf

Sewage workers went on strike, big time

Sewage workers went on strike, big time

Obligatory protagonist protects children shot, so children will watch this movie

Obligatory protagonist protects children shot, so children will watch this movie

At least one child extra will shout “Cooool!” at least once when Hal Jordan swoops into the scene, either to rescue them or in news coverage.

Title card is, ooh, shiny

Title card is, ooh, shiny

Green Lantern will hit theatres June 17... in 3D... June 17, 2011... got it?

Green Lantern will hit theatres June 17... in 3D... June 17, 2011... got it?

Green Lantern hits theatres June 17, 2011 in 3D. So far, I’m impressed with this preview. It could be quite misleading as the actual film might suck arse, but so far, this preview is epic. Too bad I can’t say the same for Marvel’s film adaptations of Thor and Captain Half-Assed America. Comic book movies need to stick more to their source in a fantastical way, which I think is hard to do without it becoming an inside joke.

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